‘Black Mirror’, pretty much the best slice of British sci-fi since forever, is coming back this Christmas, and to mark the quasi-occasion, I’ve decided to share the dark secret that runs through the whole series; every episode happens in the same unified universe. But how do they link together exactly?
Zombie shorts have a pretty terrible reputation online. They’re always either dystopian porn set in old army base that some bro happened to have access to or a badly executed uni project that doesn’t go further than cheap makeup, blood and someone getting bitten (oh how dramatic). But this short came up as a genuine surprise brimming with great ideas and a new spin on a tired genre.
I recently watched ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ just before watching some gameplay of World Of Warcraft and something clicked. My criticisms of the movie were based on assumptions from the ‘old’ way of watching movies and it should really be viewed in a different light, the same way colour film had to viewed differently to black and white films. So why do I think ‘The Hobbit’ is more videogame than movie?
There’s nothing the Oscars like better than making history and making headlines, so the announcement that “Aningaaq”, a short film made as a Blu-Ray extra for “Gravity” , is being submitted for the Short Film Oscar is just the latest news to cement the Cuarón father and son pairing as Hollywood’s dream team of the moment. Continue reading
It’s been said that the environmental movement began with the first images of earth from space, a pale blue marble of life in the dark abyss of space. Since then, the idea of Earth as a unique spaceship took hold in the cultural consciousness of the mid 20th Century. 50 years on however, the magic of space seems to have been superseded by the distraction of cyberspace, but the wonder of the space has been given a poetic vehicle once again, not seen perhaps since Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘.
How does music distribution affect the listener and how can we discuss this relationship in a new media landscape? Digitalisation has changed our relationship with media and my theory of phormats is an attempt to create a new theoretical framework around which these discussions can be focused on the nature of the medium and the impact on the listener.
Keywords: digital, corporeal, physical, phormats, musicking, phormatisation, internet, digitalisation, distribution
‘Black Mirror’ uses the medium of television to stage ideas that are unraveled but never concluded. As a result you are left feeling generally satisfied with the window of the particular worlds that are presented but always hungry for more. Now that the second series draws to close, it seems to the perfect time to discuss and draw out general themes from the wholes series.